Occupation: Carpenters Middle School math teacher and Eagleton Big League Baseball Commissioner
Family: Three sons, Lance, Taylor and Spencer
Cari Reagan has never followed the crowd.
There aren’t many school-age children who’ll site mathematics as their favorite class. Reagan went to college and majored in it and now teaches math to her eighth-grade class at Carpenters Middle School.
When her sister started playing softball when they were kids, Reagan chose baseball. Told by the Florida Little League that girls weren’t allowed to play baseball, Reagan helped her dad coach her sister’s team and later became a baseball coach. She’s now the Big League Baseball Commissioner at Eagleton Little League, where each of her sons, Lance, Taylor and Spencer, has learned the game.
“Next year, I’m going to be under her rule,” said Spencer, 12, the youngest of the three.
It’s almost a full-time job in itself to keep a youth baseball park the size of Eagleton up and running. More than 600 children make up the teams from T-ball to Big League. For Reagan, it’s never been work, though.
“I like it,” she said. “It’s my way of giving back. You find something you love, you try to help others. It’s the community service I want to stake my name to.”
Spencer, who describes his 14-year-old brother Taylor as “more of a middle child,” says his mom can handle herself in the male-dominated world of youth baseball where tempers can flare in a moment’s notice.
“It’s fine,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter. It’s not good to be sexist.”
It’s the “Americana” of baseball she finds most appealing, Reagan said. It’s been around forever. The structure it provides is timeless. The moments children and their parents can take away from it can last a lifetime.
A certified statistician, Reagan projects an air of genuine series at the ball field, but, first and foremost, she is a mom. Lance, 21, proved that with one memorable play a few years ago.
The Eagleton Senior League All-Stars were leading by a run with one out in the last inning in the district championship game. With the tying run aboard, Lance, then 14, ran down a fly ball in center for the second out of the inning, firing quickly to first while still airborne to double off the runner who’d left early.
Cari Reagan the coach gave way to Cari Reagan Lance’s mom at that point.
“We all screamed,” she said. “He was MVP of the tournament that year.”
Here is Cari Reagan:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I look like my mother, however, the rest of me is like my father. We both enjoy sports. We are naturally competitive. We both preferred mathematics and sciences in school.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“I have a favorite quote but I am not sure it is from a movie or television: “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Gifts from my sons.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“At a family function, I exited the restroom with the bottom of my skirt caught in my tights.”
What are you guilty of?
“Enjoying too many sweets - especially milk chocolate.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Dependable. I am organized, and I follow through.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“To take more risk.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“Sandra Bullock. She has played various roles (tom boy to model).”
What is your passion?
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“The Victorian Era.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“A chest - so I can store all my memorabilia of my sons.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“That I could do anything I put my mind to.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My childhood friend because we have travelled different roads since the days of our youth, which gives us different prospectives to discuss issues.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“I don’t have either, but I would probably be more of a dog person.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“A golf range.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I don’t know if it was ever on Saturday mornings, but my favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo. I like mysteries. My mother use to ask if I was majoring in Scooby Doo when I was away at college.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Take more risks.”